|10th March 2012, Ayer Itam Dalam, Pulau Pinang|
Local Name: Burung Pacat Bakau
Scientific Name: Pitta megarhynch
Mention the word ’Pitta’ and your mind will be flooded with images of strong colours coming together on a sleek beautiful body. The Mangrove Pitta is one of a few species of Pittas which can be found in the Peninsular and as the name suggests they are most at home in the swampy mangrove habitat , mainly along the west coast of the Malaysian peninsular.
I don’t usually travel far for my birding but the lure of the Pittas were simply irresistable since the oportunity to shoot a rare species as the Mangrove Pitta is, doesn’t come everyday. The first day was a big let down when the birds failed to show up. On the second day things began to hot up very early when we heard their repeated calls at about 9.00am. Finally there they were, a pair of Pittas right in front of our eyes in their full glory.